6 September 2013

The State Services Commission website has repackaged information showing progress being made by agencies in giving effect to the Government’s  Better Public Services priority goals. The Public Sector Conference yesterday and today provided an opportunity for Ministers to raise awareness of these achievements.

The repacked results, jointly released by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of State Services in July, illustrate that a continuing focus on specific objectives does make a difference.   But the “ten results within five areas” graphs show that there is mixed success achieving these “stretch” goals. Some – those in the Justice sector – are well ahead of plan. Others are flagged as having issues to resolve.

Ministers have commented on the requirement for the State Services to find new ways of working together; that delivering better public services needs innovation and collaboration. The Better Public Services goals are still three or four years out, giving agencies not yet getting sufficient traction towards those goals the opportunity to demonstrate that they can work in new and more effective ways.

The Public Sector Conference titled “New Thinking on the public services of New Zealand” was jointly managed by the Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ), the Labour History Project, the New Zealand Public Service Association and the School of Government at Victoria University as the concluding centenary celebration of the Public Service Act 1912.